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Successful CCTV Installation Tips

May 8, 2008
People can often be put off from buying security camera systems because of concerns about the complexities of a CCTV installation. Even though installing security camera systems can have its hassles, you can avoid most of them by the adequate planning described in this installation checklist.

What to do before buying a CCTV System

First you must do some research to ensure that you are buying the right security camera system for your situation. If you are not that confident about this, then for peace of mind I would recommend getting a professional security camera installer to do you a survey. This can often be a no charge installation quote where you can get some free advice and identify any potential problems.

Check your Power Source

A common problem with security cameras is the lack of a nearby power source, especially for outdoor CCTV installations. It's not very wise to step outside with your security camera system in hand only to discover that there's no power source.

Therefore, work out where your power outlets are first. If you know you have power source problems before hand, you can get good advice from sales reps or even security camera installers before handing over your cash. Expert advice can sometimes take you in an entirely different direction than you would have without it.

If access to a power source is a challenge to your security camera system installation, consider the following options. You can have power installed near where you plan to install your CCTV cameras. Alternately, you can run cables into an existing power outlet inside your garage. Or you can chose a CCTV camera that draws its power from a plug-in battery unit.

Choosing the correct lighting options

Another problem with an outdoor CCTV installation is lighting. If you want to monitor an area at night, you need to make sure the area has enough light for the camera. You can do this by adding extra lighting, or you can choose a camera with low lux ratings or even infrared capability, depending on how low the light level.

Weather factors

A sturdy weather proof protective casing is an essential option for any outside security camera system installation.

Make sure, though, that you also consider the temperature range your camera will face throughout the year. Few cameras can withstand extremes of 120 degrees Fahrenheit in hot climates as well as temperatures of -20 degrees Fahrenheit in cold ones. Make sure your camera is right for your climate before you begin your CCTV installation.

Cables or Wireless?

The final thing to consider in any security camera system installation is cabling. Running cables around your home or business from the control unit to the cameras can be the most time-consuming task for camera installations.

With the ever improving reliability of wireless camera systems, wiring may not be required. However, if you are planning to install wireless CCTV cameras, you still need to plan your installation beforehand.

The range of a wireless system is adequate for most installations. It is finite, though, and its range can be reduced by obstacles between the camera and the receiver. The presence of walls or other obstacles need not eliminate wireless from consideration for your CCTV installation. You need to know ahead of time, though, what distances and what obstacles in the path of the signal you will have to deal with so you choose the right system.

Ultimately, installing CCTV cameras is well within the capabilities of someone who is reasonably competent at DIY. Complications normally arise when someone buys a camera system that doesn't suit their needs or situation. If you have assessed your requirements before your purchase and obtained competent advice, your security camera installation should go without problems, whether you DIY it, or use professional security camera installer.
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